20 Designs That Let Nature Be The Star

This one's for you, Thoreau.

Today is National Simplicity Day in honor of Henry David Thoreau’s birthday. Thoreau was an advocate of simple living in natural surroundings. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up 20 designs created to showcase beautiful, natural surroundings. 

Dining Rooms

Gray Outdoor Dining Space

Contemporary Outdoor Dining Room With Incredible View

With this breathtaking view, it wouldn't be surprising if most dinners take place outside on this porch than inside. The large dining table comfortable seats 10, making it perfect for entertaining or family gatherings. Sleek dining furniture doesn't distract from or inhibit the view.

Photo by: Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Rustic Open Plan Dining Room

Rustic Open Plan Dining Room With Wooded Views

The floor-to-ceiling window walls surrounding this gorgeous dining room make the space feel as if it's floating among the trees. The open timber ceiling structure adds to the woodsy, natural vibe.

Photo by: FINNE Architects

FINNE Architects

Neutral Dining Room With Leather Bench Seat and Mountain View

Contemporary Dining Room With Mountain View

This stylish neutral dining room features ivory armchairs positioned around a dining table and three glass pendant lights that hang from a tray ceiling. Hardwood floors and a brown leather bench lead the way to the space, while large windows offer a view of the picturesque Aspen mountainside.

From: Griffith Interior Design LLC

Photo by: Emily Redfield Photography

Emily Redfield Photography

Living Rooms

Open Contemporary Living Room With Fireplace

Contemporary Living Room Brings Nature In

Not only is the fireplace kept low, but the firebox also features a glass back, creating a seamless transition from the indoors to the out. Tone-on-tone patterns are used on the throw pillows and area rug to bring much-needed texture to the contemporary space, while a classic bust adds a traditional note to the room.

Photo by: Specht Harpman

Specht Harpman

Nature Comes Indoors Because of Home's Details

Details Bring Nature Indoors

All the windows in this home makes the space feel as if it is one with nature. The natural light that floods into each of the home's rooms gives the occupants a feeling that nature is just within their grasp. Even the floors and the coffee table help usher in nature, with dark hardwood flooring and a live edge table that reflect the raw elegance of the home's surroundings.

Photo by: Lara Swimmer Photography

Lara Swimmer Photography

Neutral Living Room With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows and Mountain View

Neutral Living Room With Floor-to-Ceiling Windows and Mountain View

Wouldn't it be great to live here? You could enjoy the breathtaking views from the inviting living room sofa or from the patio lounge chairs on the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows. On cool evenings, light the fire and warm up with the cozy fireplace.

Living Room With Subtly-Patterned Wallpaper

Neutral Living Room Inspired by Nature

Designers Heather Hilliard and Fleur Keyes' concept for the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014 living room was designed to complement the natural beauty seen through the generous windows. The curvy furnishings harmonize with the hills beyond, and a subtle wallpaper is indicative of stratified soil.

Photo by: Jason Kisner ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Jason Kisner, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

HGTV Dream Home Living Room

Living Room's Wall of Windows Lets in Natural Light

This HGTV Dream Home living room is awash in natural light, thanks to a wall of windows. Stone and wood features provide an easy visual transition from the outdoors.

Photo by: Eric Perry © 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2013, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved


White Bedroom With Large Window & Metallic Ceiling Fan

Modern Bedroom Brimming With Natural Light

Large windows surround this modern bedroom and fill it with loads of natural light. Crisp white walls give the space a fresh, clean aesthetic.

Photo by: Eisner Design

Eisner Design

Modern neutral bedroom with a view

Modern Bedroom With Ocean View

The natural wood platform combined with frameless windows makes this bedroom feel like it is floating above the Pacific Ocean.

Photo by: Arianna Noppenberger

Arianna Noppenberger

Modern White Bedroom With Lots of Windows and Seating Area

Modern Master Bedroom Maximizes Natural Light

Countless windows fill this modern master bedroom with natural light, enhancing the room's crisp white walls. An exposed wood ceiling beam and brown bedding lend warmth to the clean, fresh space. Two chairs and a small table carve out a seating area that's perfect for morning coffee.

Photo by: David Duncan Livingston

David Duncan Livingston


Brown Bathroom With Bathtub, Floating Vanity, White Robes

Natural Light in Master Bathroom

The floating vanity benefits from plenty of natural light, creating a well-lit spot to get ready each morning.

Photo by: Jacob Bodkin

Jacob Bodkin

Freestanding Tub in Bathroom With White Subway Tile and Black Windows

Black & White Master Bathroom With Ample Natural Light

A second-floor sunroom was converted into this master bathroom, which required a bit of creativity in order to achieve enough privacy to make the homeowner comfortable. The dark grout ties in the black windows, and the white soaking tub coordinates beautifully with the white subway tile.

From: Lemon Grass Interior Architecture

Photo by: Erik Rank

Erik Rank

Spa Bathroom With Ocean View

Neutral Modern Spa Bathroom With Ocean View

The best spas don't come with a view like this. This bathroom's wall made of floor-to-ceiling windows means bubble baths with breathtaking panoramas of the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo by: Robert Paul Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Robert Paul Properties, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Double Shower with Natural Lighting

Naturally Lit Double Shower

This bathroom's coolest feature is the shower area. Lit by overhead windows and equipped with double shower heads, this area of the luxury bathroom is the perfect place to relax after a long day.

Neutral Contemporary Bathroom With Bathtub, Shower & Large Window

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Ocean View

Marble sheathes the floors and extends onto the tub deck and shower wall of this contemporary master bathroom. Large wrap-around windows provide spectacular views of the ocean beyond. Water from two waterfall faucets appears to pour into the tub from the ocean itself.

From: Studio 6 Architects

Photo by: Studio 6 Architects

Studio 6 Architects


White Modern Kitchen

Modern, All-White Kitchen with Natural Light

White walls, white countertops, even white furnishings allow this modern home's focal point to become the view outside its broad picture windows. Sliding doors provide access to an elevated patio with wood decking and a sleek, modern pool.

Photo by: Eric Staudenmaier

Eric Staudenmaier

Contemporary Brown Kitchen

Contemporary Kitchen Sink With Brown Subway Tile & Large Window

This contemporary kitchen brings nature indoors with oak wood floors and white quartzite countertops. The stainless steel appliances and subway tiles provide modern, yet functional accents. The large window makes for a welcoming environment, and even makes doing dishes a pleasant task.

Photo by: Jacob Bodkin

Jacob Bodkin

Modern Kitchen With White Cabinets

Red Modern Kitchen with Stainless Steel Countertops

This modern kitchen has plenty of windows to wash the space in natural light.

Photo by: Stuart Lirette

Stuart Lirette


White Modern Foyer With Large Windows

Minimalist Foyer Takes Advantage of Natural Light

A clean-lined console table in the entry sets the stage for the streamlined, modern aesthetic of this California home. Sheer curtains filter light and offer privacy, while expansive windows take advantage of the sweeping hilltop views.

Photo by: Nic Lehoux

Nic Lehoux

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